Reason Nominated for 11 Southern California Journalism Awards

I am happy to announce that the good ship Reason has been nominated for 11 Southern California Journalism Awards, encompassing work produced in 2011 by organizations located between San Diego and Santa Barbara (Reason is heaquartered in Los Angeles), as administered by the Greater L.A. Press Club. And the nominees for best work in the field of journalism:

* Best TV Documentary: Paul Feine, Alex Manning and Anthony Fisher, for "Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of International Adoption Policies." Watch it below:

* Best Advocacy Journalism: Radley Balko, Hawk Jensen, Zach Weissmueller, for "The War on Cameras."

* Best Multimedia Package: Radley Balko, Hawk Jensen, Zach Weissmueller, for "The War on Cameras." Watch the video component below:

* Best Magazine Investigative News Story: Radley Balko, "The War on Cameras: It has never been easier—or more dangerous—to record the police."

* Best Magazine Feature/Commentary Over 1,000 Words: Shikha Dalmia, for "Bollywood v. Jihad: Which is the Bigger Threat to Fundamentalist Islam, the Pentagon or Mumbai?" and Nick Gillespie and Veronique de Rugy, for "The 19 Percent Solution: How to Balance the Budget Without Increasing Taxes."

* Best Magazine Entertainment Review/Criticism/Column: Thaddeus Russell, for "Empire of the Son: The president's parents were supporters, not opponents, of American hegemony"; Bill Steigerwald, for "Sorry Charley: Was John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley a fraud?"; and Matt Welch, for "The Simpletons: David Brooks, Thomas L. Friedman, and the banal authoritarianism of do-something punditry."

* Best Group Weblog: Hit & Run.

* Best Website, Print News Organization: Reason Online.

Finalists will be announced June 24. Last year, we were nominated for 15 awards, and took home 4. Our 2011 work was also nominated for 8 Western Publishing Association "Maggie" awards, but we got shut out.

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  • mr simple||

    Best Group Weblog: Hit Run.

    While it's an honor just to be nominated, if they've read the comments here they'll know HnR has to win. Or else.

  • ||

    "That's a nice awards ceremony you got there. Wouldn't want anything to 'appen to it, aye?"

  • General Butt Naked||

    "Ya fookin cunts...ya I said cunts, cunts."

  • 35N4P2BYY||

    They left one out:

    Most witty, insightful, oh and did we mention handsome commentor on HnR: 35N4P2BYY

  • Zeb||

    Dude, nobody is ever going to remember how to spell that.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Bill Steigerwald? Did I miss something?

    I'm also disappointed that I wasn't nominated for best commenter. Dangit.

  • ||

    How odd. I was just thinking how disappointed I was that you weren't nominated for worst commenter.

    Isn't Bill Steigerwald Lucy's dad?

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's impossible. See, there's a reason I didn't have you banned.

  • ||

    I'm useful! I'm useful!

    "The important thing is, I'm meeting new people."

  • SIV||

    Yes. Lucy is a second-generation contributor.

  • Lucy Steigerwald||

    I'm also a terrific intern.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Still? Glass ceiling!

  • Lucy Steigerwald||

    It's funny because I am associate editor, not a contributor, you savages!

    But that is my dad, and I am unoriginal, 'tis true.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Are you a clone with the Y chromosome removed? Because that would be acceptable. And totally cool.

  • ||

    Are you a clone with the Y chromosome removed?

    Can those things have babies?

  • Zeb||

    They pretty much make anyone who sticks around for more than a month associate editor, don't they?

    But don't sell yourself short, you contribute a lot. You should get the nomination for "best at responding to the idiot commenters".

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm curious--with all the editors, who actually writes?

  • Lucy Steigerwald||

    That's the most awesomely damned with faint praise comment that I have ever read. Well done, sir.

  • ||

    The only way to advance at reason is to kill a superior, just like in the Mirror Universe. Lucy is merely biding her time before she uses the Tantalus Device on Welch (Cavanaugh's people will avenge him if she takes him out).

  • Lucy Steigerwald||

    I forgot "an" above. What's that law again?

  • SugarFree||

    Eat what you kill. That's the rule, Lucy.

  • ||

    I thought the rule was "never get involved in a land war in Asia". Wait, that's a classic blunder. The true rule is "No Dead, no Band, no Cat Stevens". That's a rule to live by.

  • R C Dean||

    Sorry, imitating Slavic sentence construction in a comment doesn't have a law.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "I am associate editor, hear me roar, making paychecks too big to ignore."

  • db||

    I think a more difficult choice would be to determine bootlickingest commenter.

  • BakedPenguin||

    To the writing staff, or authority in general?

  • db||

    My initial intent was to authority in general. But a subaward could be created... :)

  • ||

    Well, the clear winner of the initial intent is Tulpa.

  • SugarFree||

    I might be the winner of the subaward, insomuch as I rarely criticize the subject or content of the articles. I always figured that if I didn't like what they were writing about I'd just leave rather than whine.

  • SugarFree||

    authority in general

    That's easy. Only one of us around here gets a joyboner about red light cameras and hates the delicious innovation of food trucks.

  • ||

    How glib.

  • db||

    Is "Southern California Journalism" like "Polish Death Camps?"

  • sloopyinca||

    [golf clap]

  • db||

    Don't forget to tip the interns.

  • sloopyinca||

    As a rule, all interns get is just the tip.

    No, wait...

  • Rasilio||

    No but it is just like being world famous in Poland

  • Pro Libertate||

    At least they got a pope. Unlike the U.S.

  • Zeb||

    What are you talking about. We've got tons of popes. I think several even comments on here fairly regularly.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discordianism#Popes

  • Pro Libertate||

    I meant of the Roman Catholic variety. Why the snub?

  • sloopyinca||

    Boy, the first thing that comes to mind is: Cavanaugh must really, really be on the LAT's shit list, because he's about as good a writer as you'll find in SoCal.

  • ||

    The LAT are doing what Tim and Matt told them to do....but like 5 years after they left.

    So yeah the LAT has a chip on its shoulder.

  • Broseph of Invention||

    "Cavanaugh" rhymes with "Saginaw", the dying automotive town in east-central Michigan, often referred to by mitten-staters at "Sag-nasty". The associative subconscious is stronger than you think.

    Tim is one of the best conversational writers I've ever read, and the safest bet for introducing pop-culture conscious friends to libertarianism.

  • affenkopf||

    Wait, isn't reason based in Washington?

  • SugarFree||

    It has to move around a lot, much like an off-shore pirate radio ship.

  • ||

    If they had a Reason seasteading that'd be cool. I wonder if Welch bought office space on that boat thingy off the CA coast.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Why not in space?

  • JW||

    I thought it was more of a Tholian subspace thing.

  • ||

    THOLIAN WEBS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY

  • JW||

    Look, just because you bought the stripped down, base model, doesn't mean they're all like that.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Tholia demands an apology! That subspace thing was in Tholian space but it wasn't Tholian.

  • Zeb||

    Only so they can get invited to cocktail parties. Or so I've been told.

  • ||

    Tim Cavanaugh gets shafted again!!!

    Fuck the Southern California awards.

  • johnl||

    The California ptb put their hands over their eyes whenever a Cavanaugh piece on the budget, the stupid train, or redevelopment comes out.

  • CE||

    What, no award for best comments?

  • ||

    We only get recognized during fund raisers or when Scott does not want to explain how video games work.

  • CE||

    Hey, the Bollywood/Jihad link points to some article on 19 pct spending, and the 19 Pct Solution link points to some article on Bollywood. Don't they have any associate editors around here?

  • Matt Welch||

    Thanks.

  • CE||

    And no awards for all the police brutality/excessive violence/dog killing articles?

  • ||

    Matt Welch, for "The Simpletons: David Brooks, Thomas L. Friedman, and the banal authoritarianism of do-something punditry."

    This should win only because the whole east coast/west coast news nerd rivalry.

  • ||

    Jerry Bruckheimer walks to the podium in a full body cast

    Bruckheimer: Asplosive blog memes can materialize out of thin air. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they make us piss or pants..in 3D!!! kaplow!!!

    Bruckheimer is trying to gesture wildly, but he is in a full body cast

    Bruckheimer: And the winner, for most asplosive blog meme is...

    Bruckheimer opens the envelope

    Bruckheimer: ...STEVE SMITH!!!

    Warty approved metal starts playing and Bruckheimer slowly backs away from the podium. Bruckheimer is looking around frantically for help and can be heard muttering as he backs away from the microphone

    Bruckheimer: Oh god! Not again! Don't they know this is how I got the full body cast in the first place?!

  • VigDaRig||

    Dude knows what he is talking about lol.

    www.Data-Privacy.tk

  • ||

    Never leave us, JohnThomas

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Too bad most of these are for the work of an awesome journalist, Radley Balko, that you nitwits managed to let get away.

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